Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Government Health Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Boulder County Public Health

Naropa University is monitoring information from the State Department, CDC, WHO, the state of Colorado and the Boulder County Public Health Department as it relates to decisions on campus. The Boulder County Public Health Department has also scheduled weekly meetings with school administrators to discuss COVID-19 response and Naropa is participating in those conversations.

For specific questions about each area, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page or visit our Contact Page for phone numbers and email addresses to connect with campus operations.

While we are operating on a normal schedule via remote capabilities, we recognize that there may have questions and concerns. We hope to answer some of these questions via the email address below if the FAQ page or specific department Contact has not addressed your question. 

 Please send any inquiries to: covid19questions@naropa.edu

Latest Updates

“Campus Check-In” Daily Campus Health Clearance Procedure Update - Starts August 3rd

Dear Naropa Community,

Beginning August 3, 2020, all members of the Naropa community, including students, staff and faculty, are required, in accordance with the State of Colorado and Boulder County Health guidelines, to complete the “Campus Check-In” Daily Campus Clearance Process each day that they are scheduled or otherwise plan to be physically present at any Naropa campus or building. 

You will complete this process before arriving on campus, utilizing a smartphone, tablet or computer. The process includes taking your own temperature – so be sure to have a thermometer - and will take about 2 minutes to complete.  Anyone not cleared to be on campus will be asked to return home and complete class or work requirements remotely.

The purpose of the clearance process is multiple.  First, the daily monitoring of symptoms will help us individually identify when we may be experiencing symptoms brought on by COVID-19, so that we can self-isolate to protect other while determining whether or not we are actually contagious.  Second, by completing this process daily, we are demonstrating to each other that we are committed to keeping Naropa healthy and vibrant; and we can feel confident about our intentions of wellbeing and good health.  Third, this process will allow Naropa to monitor the total number of people expected on campus on any given day to determine if our strategies to reduce density are working or need adjustment; and, worst case, we can determine if we are becoming a hot spot for the virus and thus act accordingly.

The information collected from this clearance process will be monitored by two senior staff members, who will have access to the Cleared/Not Cleared results and not to the specific check-in answers or health reasons underlying a Not Cleared determination.

The Campus Clearance Process may be accessed here, at www.naropa.edu, and on MyNaropa.  As a last resort, if you have neglected to complete the Campus Check-In before arriving on campus, you may also scan QR codes found on campus-wide posters and signs, but if you are not cleared you would then will be required to leave immediately.  For this reason it is important to complete the process BEFORE coming to campus.

As always, if you have any questions please direct them to covid19questions@naropa.edu.

We appreciate you, and thank you for your cooperation and your regard for our community’s safety.

 

With appreciation,

Charles G. Lief

President

 Fall Course Delivery Details

Dear Naropa Students:

On June 19th, I outlined Naropa’s plan for reopening and delivering curriculum for the fall semester of 2020.  Today, I am writing to provide you with some more specific details about that plan.  We will continue to update www.naropa.edu/coronavirus, and you can continue to send any COVID-19 questions to covid19questions@naropa.edu.

Faculty, led by the Undergraduate Associate Deans and Graduate School program Chairs have worked diligently to identify how curriculum will be delivered for each course this fall, prior to the November 30th move to the online delivery of all courses for the remaining two weeks of the fall semester.  Courses will be delivered either entirely online, in-person, or in a hybrid format (which means a mix of online and in-person components throughout the semester).  How the curriculum for each course offering will be delivered has now been decided and may be found in the attached documents.

It is important to note that we are making these decisions with respect to the fall semester of 2020. We will make a decision concerning the spring semester on or before October 31, 2020.

Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the information provided to you is current and accurate.  However, conditions are changing rapidly.  We cannot guarantee that the method of delivery will not change for any given course due to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 and the potential for new government mandates.  We can, however, guarantee that any changes in course delivery from those listed would move in the direction of more online course time.  For instance, a hybrid course may move online, but an online course would not be moved to a hybrid.

Hybrid Courses: How a hybrid designated course is to be delivered is a decision left to the faculty, who are currently preparing their courses for the fall.  The in-person component of a hybrid course may vary, as faculty teaching hybrid courses have the discretion to determine how often the course meets in person.  Faculty have been directed to update their syllabi and to post pertinent classroom information in Canvas by July 31st.  Please note that the dates and times for which courses were originally scheduled will not be changed for courses with in-person or hybrid components.  Therefore, if you are registered for course X on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am, and course X is now scheduled to be delivered in a hybrid format, all in person meetings will be held on Mondays or Wednesdays at 9am. 

As previously outlined, all courses taught in person will utilize technology to offer the classroom experience to students who are not otherwise able to attend.  This alternative experience is not a permanent offering or a substitute for the in-person classroom experience, and is being offered for the fall semester in order to support students who are otherwise unable to appear in person due to their inclusion in one of the below categories:

  1. Vulnerable Individuals as defined by Colorado State Order:
    1. Individuals who are sixty-five (65) years and older;
    2. Individuals with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; 
    3. Individuals who have serious heart conditions;
    4. Individuals who are immunocompromised; 
    5. Pregnant women; and
    6. Individuals determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider;
  2. Students who reside with, or are caretakers for, others identified as Vulnerable Individuals under Colorado State Order;
  3. Students who are responsible for the care of children and are impacted by the closure of child care centers and elementary schools; and
  4. International students experiencing delays in the Visa process.

While Naropa plans to offer many courses in-person, we understand that each student is faced with the unprecedented task of figuring out how to actively engage in their education while balancing personal concerns for health and safety of themselves, loved ones and the greater community.  Students will need to make decisions that meet individual need and circumstances.  At this time, we are not requiring students to submit any documentation demonstrating placement in a particular category.

To the extent possible, students will have the opportunity to change their schedules to suit their needs and comfort level.  Academic Advisors, Associate Deans and program Chairs stand ready to assist you in determining a course schedule that fits your needs.  Students may make changes to course schedules at any time prior to the add/drop period, and should work with their Academic Advisors as needed.  International students and students graduating in the fall should speak with their advisor before making any schedule changes.

Learning and living at Naropa will look different than before COVID-19 as we resume on campus curriculum delivery this fall.

Students with questions about Internship/Service-Learning and Clinical Placement should work directly with their faculty and the Office of Career Development for any questions or support needed as we continue to navigate the pandemic. To schedule an appointment login to MyNaropa and go to Student/Office of Career Development/Schedule an Appointment.

Retreats, Intensives and Field Work may be held in-person at the discretion of faculty.  Online options will be available to students who are unable to otherwise attend as described above.  Faculty have been provided guidance on how to minimize risk of COVID-19 spread during the in-person portion of retreats, intensives and field work.

Residence halls will open on August 15th for domestic students and August 3rd for international students, with new protocols in place designed to safeguard the community from COVID-19. Snow Lion’s 1-bedroom apartments will continue to house between 1 and 2 students, and Snow Lion’s 2-bedroom apartments will continue to house 3 to 4 students. Rooms in 2333 Arapahoe will hold their usual occupancy as well. Understanding that the pandemic has created unusual circumstances, we will also give students more flexibility in housing by allowing waivers of the first-year on-campus housing requirement for this academic year on a case by case basis.

Naropa has partnered with 4Stay, which is an online platform designed for students to find off-campus housing options by searching the platform by College, Campus, or Metro Area. Students seeking local housing options are encouraged to use this service as well as our Naropa Off-Campus Housing Resources Facebook Page.

In-person classes will end at the Thanksgiving break, and the residence halls will close (except for those who have year-long leases or have requested and been granted a waiver to stay during break). The rest of the semester will be finished remotely through December 11th.

Cleaning and disinfecting practices and protocols are in place for all of our campus spaces.  Students and faculty are additionally encouraged to wipe down desks and chairs before and after use with the cleaning supplies found in each classroom.

Our campus community will be expected to follow certain steps that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the State of Colorado and Boulder County health officials.  These include following social distancing requirements, the use of masks or other face coverings in class and public campus spaces, limits on the size of group gatherings, and staying home when you are not feeling well.

Employees and students will be required to complete a daily campus clearance process. This process will take less than 2 minutes.  More information on how to access the clearance process will be provided in August.  Anyone not cleared to be on campus will be asked to leave. Quarantine and self-isolation policies will be in place for those who have symptoms or test positive for the virus.

You will see signs posted around campus reminding you to wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from others, follow directions related to building and room capacity as well as direction arrows.  The flow of traffic is important in maintaining distancing from others.  You can expect to see arrows on the floor directing which way you enter and exit a building.  Signs will be placed at entrances to all rooms indicating how many people may be in a room at one time.  Each classroom will be set up in a manner that allows desks to be appropriately distant.  Please do not move or rearrange classroom furniture.

Maximum in-person class size is governed by state regulation, based in large part on the room size. As a result some classes will be larger than 10 people (the maximum gathering number we have seen generally established). If a classroom can legally accommodate more than 10 persons, maintaining the required distancing, we will do so rather than disrupt that class.

To prepare for the semester, all students will need to have face coverings, a thermometer and a way to access their online courses.  Naropa computer labs will be open throughout the semester. Naropa has a limited supply of computers to loan to students in need.  Please contact Seann Goodman at sgoodman@naropa.edu for more information.

Cushions will not be available for use in individual classrooms.  Instead, students may check-out a cushion for their personal use for the fall semester.  Information about the check-out process will be announced closer to the start of the semester.  Students who wish to purchase their own cushion may do so through a Naropa partnership with Mindful Works (see attached flyer for more information).

Limited access to buildings, classrooms, office spaces and common areas should be expected.  Campus hours, including information about library access, will be shared prior to the start of the semester.  Students should be aware that staff, with some exceptions, are expected to work from home through 2020.  Staff and faculty are precluded from holding in-person office meetings.  Students should work with staff and faculty to set up Zoom or other online meetings as needed.  Staff who are designated to work on campus may not travel to multiple campus locations and are encouraged to remain in the building in which their office is located.

Student Groups are encouraged to meet via online platforms or outdoors as much as possible.  For the fall semester, student group activities taking place on campus must have the prior approval of the COVID-19 Taskforce.  Currently, no more than 10 students at a time may gather outdoors and all gatherings inside must strictly adhere to the stated room occupancy.  Student groups must practice social distancing, cannot share food, and all participants must wear face coverings at all times.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to keep the Naropa community up to date on decisions for the fall semester.

With appreciation,

 

Chuck Lief

President

FA20 Undergraduate Course Delivery

FA20 Grad Collective Course Delivery

FA20 GSCP Course Delivery

Fall 2020 Curriculum Delivery and Academic Calendar

Dear Naropa Community,

Over the course of the last few months, several groups of dedicated staff, faculty and students have come together to discuss how to most effectively deliver our curriculum to Naropa students for the Fall Semester of 2020.  The goal of this work has been to minimize the health and safety risks posed by COVID-19, while continuing to offer the academic experience that our students expect from a Naropa education.  Due to the nature of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, we must also recognize that even the best plans carry uncertainty and a need for nimbleness.

The information below sets forth Naropa’s plan for the delivery of classes for the Fall Semester of 2020.

Fall 2020 Curriculum Delivery

Guidance from the Colorado Department of Higher Education states:

Delivery of Instruction:

  • Prioritize in-person instruction for courses with academic outcomes that cannot be measured or achieved virtually, such as performance, laboratory, and clinical experiences. 
  • Implement a hybrid mode of instruction for the foreseeable future.
  • Plan for remote options in the event that a rebound in local infections necessitates continued physical distancing and to support vulnerable students and staff, students in quarantine or isolation, and students and staff who cannot physically return to campus. 

After consideration of the risk of virus spread and the overall impact on Naropa’s operations, Naropa shall:

  1. Offer a blend of in-person and online instruction for all courses through November 20, 2020, with a transition to online for all courses until the December 11, 2020 end of the semester.  Specifically, 25-35% of course offerings will be held online for the entirety of the semester.  This translates to approximately 80 - 112 courses. Faculty, led by program Chairs and Associate Deans, will begin to identify the courses to be taught entirely online, as well as which courses will be delivered in a hybrid (both online and in-person) format.  Course details will be provided to students at the beginning of July. We are defining “courses” as including intensives and retreats which are addressed below.

    The identified courses and nature in which they will be offered (synchronous, asynchronous, or blended) will emerge based on work being done using the following considerations:
    1. Identify the fairly small number of courses for which anything short of an in-person experience is ineffective,
    2. Identify the courses which most easily lend themselves to a fully online delivery in order to create the needed flexibility both in classrooms and in campus spaces in order to practice social distancing and create less population density,
    3. Consider the overall student experience so that there are an adequate number of in-person classroom experiences, and
    4. Consider the safety of students, faculty and staff, which is a critical part of the work. While committed to returning to a vibrant in-person environment, we will not ignore the safety issues.
  2. Each classroom shall be fitted with appropriate OWL technology, (https://www.owllabs.com/meeting-owl), which is a camera system that automatically highlights and shifts focus to different people in the room when they speak.  This technology will allow courses being taught in person to be accessed by students who a) cannot attend due to classification as vulnerable individuals as defined by current state order, or b) are unable to attend a given class due to space limitations.

    Faculty are encouraged to know and understand the number of students registered for their courses and the number of people, including the faculty member, allowed within the assigned classroom space.  Faculty teaching courses in classrooms that cannot accommodate all students will use available technology and assign a rotation schedule allowing for students to have both in-person and online classroom experience.
  3. Faculty should prepare all of their courses for online delivery in anticipation of 1) a return to “Safe at Home” due to increased cases of COVID19, and 2) the transition of fully online curriculum delivery as of November 30th.
  4. Retreats, field trips and other “off-site” course offerings are allowed, provided state guidance is followed; and we plan to offer them in that way unless the rules change or we believe that safety will be compromised
  5. Once the faculty have identified those courses slated for online delivery for the duration of the semester, further space usage assessments will be done to determine if course locations need to change to maximize social distancing requirements.  Please note that due to COVID-19, the scheduled construction of the Nalanda building has been delayed; and classroom space at Nalanda is now available.
  6. Campus modifications will be put in place to maximize safety for the community.  These modifications include: a) signage and assigned traffic patterns; b) face covering requirements; c) enhanced cleaning and disinfecting; d) adherence to a health clearance process to access campus; and e) limitations on the number of persons allowed in a classroom or other enclosed spaces based on square footage and social distancing requirements, with posted room capacity.

Rationale:

This plan allows Naropa to minimize risk to its community while allowing the University to deliver curriculum in a manner expected by its students.  Decreases in population density on campuses will be achieved by delivering 25 - 35% of the fall courses completely online, as well as strictly adhering to the stated number of people allowable in a given classroom space based on square footage assessments.

Academic Calendar Adjustments:

As of November 30, 2020 (the Monday after Thanksgiving) Naropa University will transition to delivering the remaining two weeks of fall 2020 courses online. The last day of in-person curriculum delivery will be Friday, November 20, 2020.  No classes will be held, either in person or online, during the week of November 23, 2020.  Faculty will be responsible for making up the class hours missed for courses with scheduled classes on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th.

Rationale:

The reasoning for this change is twofold.  First, this change will allow students to return to their primary place of residence, if such is outside of Naropa, prior to an anticipated “second wave” of COVID-19 and without the need to return to campus for the remaining two weeks of the semester.  Second, this change seeks to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 due to increases in travel over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Additionally, by ending in-person courses on November 20th, students have ample time to move out of residence halls prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, if necessary.

We offer deep gratitude to our committee members who, under the coordination of Joy Valania, have worked diligently and with care in order to balance the safety of all while also supporting the strong desire to be in community as much as possible. The innovative thinking and flexibility shown by faculty and staff in support of the student experience is most appreciated.

With appreciation,

Chuck Lief

President

Fall 2020 Update from Office of the President

Dear Naropa Community, Students and Families:

Today I am announcing Naropa University’s intent to begin in-person instruction for the fall semester of 2020, in a way that maximizes health and safety and minimizes risks. We are confident that this can be done while continuing to uphold a rich and comprehensive academic experience and the depth of community Naropa is known for.  Please note that our dual goals are to do everything we can to maintain your health and also to move towards a return to the fully robust Naropa experience to which we aspire.

Be assured we will be adjusting and enhancing our response as local, state and federal agencies provide the latest guidance and information. You can always find the latest information as it relates to Naropa University’s COVID-19 response by visiting this page, and you can email any specific questions to  covid19questions@naropa.edu.

While we are actively preparing and planning for a safe return to campus, here are some COVID-19 readiness practices you may experience upon arrival on campus:

·         Ability to transition seamlessly between online and in-person teaching, including HyFlex (where in-person learning allows for simultaneous participation online for students with unique needs) or hybrid models of delivery which combine some online classes with some in-person work

·         An appropriate limit to the number of people permitted in a classroom at one time with recommended social distancing

·         Reduced overall numbers of students, faculty and staff on campus, through strategies such as staggered class times, offering some courses online, and supporting some staff to continue to work remotely, etc.

·         Temperature checks, masks, increased sanitation protocols

·         Coordination with Boulder Community Hospital and other providers for access to testing and contact tracing, as needed

·         Travel restrictions between campuses, some closed communal spaces and limitation of campus access to guests, enforced social distancing or social distancing expectations

·         Some events and small gatherings may be permitted

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts nearly every aspect of our lives, it is becoming clearer that the things Naropa has always valued—compassion, mindfulness, social activism—are the critical tools needed to address this crisis with integrity. We are committed to supporting your academic and personal journey without the need for you to delay or defer your education.

For returning students, that means allowing you to continue your engagement with our faculty and your student colleagues and to move toward graduation. 

For incoming students, our faculty and staff have worked very hard to honor the commitment that you made to becoming part of the Naropa community. We deeply believe that our integrated curriculum of academic study and contemplative practices is especially relevant during times of upheaval and insecurity, and is a meaningful path for you to follow.

We look forward to seeing you on campus and in our classrooms - both in person and online.

“Naropa has prepared me for the future as well as the present moment by teaching me to keep my seat in the eye of any storm.  Amid chaos and anguish, I am now able to access an equanimity that was not available before I attended Naropa.  I can make decisions based on my true values and instincts and can access self-compassion and compassion for others.  These invaluable lessons deepen and enhance all my relationships, professional and personal.”

~ Audrey Godell, Naropa graduate, 2016

In gratitude,

Chuck Lief

President

Online Learning & Spring Commencement

Dear Naropa Community,

As the coronavirus situation continues to develop quickly, both locally and nationally, as well as internationally, I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.  This is a time of unprecedented change, and it can feel very unsettling. I am grateful for our foundations in contemplative practices, which can help carry us through the turbulence with some sense of grounding.

As the situations and measures develop rapidly, the COVID-19 Task Force and I are meeting regularly to constantly assess the situation and make decisions to keep our community as safe as possible. As of late yesterday, we have decided, in collaboration, that it is in the best interest of the university to continue remote learning through the end of the semester.  At this point the situation is so uncertain nationally that we do not even know if resuming in person classes will become possible, and that uncertainty is creating added stress for many of you.  We realize that this will be good news to some, and disappointing to others. We want to assure you we don’t make these decisions lightly. When we decided to leave open the possibility of returning to the classroom, a clear majority of schools across the country were making the same decision. With the passage of two weeks, virtually all schools in Colorado, and most of the schools across the US that we have been tracking through many sources, have chosen to remain online through the end of the semester,

In addition, due to the cancellation of events at the CU Boulder Campus, we will not be holding Commencement on May 9, 2020.  Our Commencement Planning Committee, along with additional student and faculty representatives, will be working on alternative ceremony options, either in the Spring or Fall of 2020.  We want to be sure to honor those of you who have worked so hard to complete your degrees, and we will be sure to do that when we are able, and in a way that feels celebratory. I especially encourage any interested students to please join the discussion and help us figure out a creative and impactful way to celebrate, even if in a most unusual way. An invitation to participate will be coming soon.

As always, you can stay up to date with developments on our website https://www.naropa.edu/coronavirus/index.php. You may also email any specific questions to either the appropriate staff or faculty member, or covid19questions@naropa.edu .

I want to acknowledge all of the hard work by staff and faculty that is being put into making these transitions, and also the difficulty that such drastic transitions can create. I hope we can continue to support each other through these challenging times.

With appreciation,

Chuck Lief
President

Boulder Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency

Many of you know that the Boulder City Manager issued an emergency order effective at 5 pm today, March 23, 2020,  that unless covered by one of the exceptions, all residents of Boulder stay at their place of residence. This order is in effect until 5 pm on April 10.

The text can be found here.

This includes travel by private or public means, again unless covered by one of the exceptions.

Naropa fits within several of the exception categories. We remain committed to doing as much as we can to facilitate remote work from home, and, despite the ability to ask staff and faculty to come to our campuses, we will do so as judiciously as possible.

The broad exception is found in Section 6(f)(11) of the order. Educational institutions, public and private, may work on site, if the work is to “facilitate distance learning or performing essential functions”.

Those categories include pretty much all the work we are asking anyone who is working on our campuses to do, including Academic Affairs, HR, maintaining our physical assets, keeping the counseling centers functioning especially as they move to tele-counseling, IT functions, and basic student services.

We will comply with the City’s order and carefully follow any limitations on our on-campus activities that are not subject to an exception. If you have any questions, please speak to your supervisor, or send an inquiry to covid19questions@naropa.edu for response.

I continue to be so grateful for the care and concern shown by all of you during this turbulent time, and hope for your good health.

Warm Wishes,

Chuck Lief
President

Safer At Home Guidelines

Dear Naropa Community,

I hope that you continue to be well during these times of uncertainty.

As you may already know, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced this week that the public health order requiring us to stay at home will expire on April 26, 2020 and will be replace with guidelines called “Safer at Home”.  The Governor has confirmed that any more restrictive County or City orders will take precedent over the state’s Safer at Home orders. Today Boulder County announced that it will extend the current Colorado Stay-at-Home Order through May 8, 2020.

For now here is an update specific to Naropa.

With the diligent work of faculty and staff, Naropa moved to remote operations as of March 16, 2020.  As previously announced, classes will be offered by remote delivery through summer 2020.  (This includes the Summer Writing Program which the faculty are diligently working to convert to the online format for enrolled students.)

Naropa will continue to operate in this remote delivery/work from home format for the foreseeable future and asks that only those staff designated as essential come to campus. As stated before, who is essential and other details regarding your individual circumstances should first be taken up with your supervisor. 

Campus buildings will remain closed or with limited remote access,, with the exception of computer labs through the end of the semester.  The COVID19 Taskforce will continue to monitor changes to public health guidance and will revisit this issue in late May to determine whether to increase in-person staffing levels in June. 

Essential staff may continue to access their offices as needed.  All essential staff accessing campus must practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others at all times, wear a face covering, not come to campus if sick (dry cough, fever, aches, shortness of breath, sore throat, or if experiencing any other symptom commonly associated with COVID19) and not gather in groups of more than ten. 

Staff with offices at Nalanda have been asked to prepare their offices for the move out of Nalanda due to summertime construction work in that building.  Please continue to work with the Safety and Facilities Office regarding access to Nalanda for this purpose and plan to adhere to the safety requirements stated above.  Since we need to carefully monitor the number of people engaged in the moving process at any one time, it is very important not to wait to the last minute to work out the logistics with facilities.

The COVID19 Task Force, along with both faculty and administrative leadership, is actively working on plans for the fall and preparing for multiple scenarios related to the delivery of curriculum and access to student services.  Additionally, the team is working to deliver emergency funding from the CARES Act to eligible Naropa students as quickly as possible.  Students will be notified of the eligibility criteria for receiving funding and the details on how to apply on Tuesday, April 28.

We expect that the County will take steps either to extend or modify the order before it expires on May 8, and we will monitor that closely. More information will be forthcoming as soon as we receive and analyze it.

Be well and thanks very much for your cooperation and continued work for our students.

Warm Wishes,

 

Chuck Lief
President

 

CARES act/ HEERF Grant Funding  Information

What is the CARES Act?

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes funding for institutions of higher education. On April 15th, 2020, Naropa University signed and returned a Certification and Agreement with the Department of Education to recieve this federal funding. This funding will be used to offset the expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to provide Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grants to eligible students, whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Naropa University was allocated a total of $656,812 from the CARES Act, and will use no less than half of the funds recieved ($328,406) to provide HEERF Grants to students, with educational funding priority for students who have the most need. The emergency grants are intended to help offset expenses that students incurred directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (Housing/Food, Technology/Course Materials, Transportation, Healthcare, Childcare).

How much has been distributed to students?

Naropa University has allocated:

  • $70,405 to 40 students as of May 24th, 2020 (30 days after receiving CARES allocation)
  • $158,160 to 79 students as of June 8th, 2020 (45 days after receiving CARES allocation)
  • $185,272 to 89 students as of July 1st, 2020 (68 days after recieving CARES allocation)

*Grants allocated are based on actual expenses, and may range from $1 - $6,000

*Naropa estimates that, as of the Spring 2020 semester, 695 students may be eligible for a HEERF emergency grant and encourages students who qualify to apply as soon as possible. Please review the below information to determine your eligibility and how to apply

Who is eligible for a HEERF Emergency Grant?

  • Only available for US citizens and eligible non-citizens, who are otherwise eligible to receive Federal Student Aid (Title IV).
  • To be considered, a student must be currently enrolled at least half time in a degree seeking program.
  • If a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has not been previously submitted, one will need to be completed prior to consideration.
  • Must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If needed, the financial aid office will request documentation of these expenses. If documentation is requested and not provided promptly, the application will be disqualified from consideration. 

How to Apply:

  • Click here to access the HEERF Emergency Grant Request Application. The application can also be located on the “Financial Aid and Tuition” page of Classic MyNaropa.
  • Applications will be accepted electronically.
  • With the application, you will be asked to list a dollar amount of the expense(s) incurred and a brief explanation of how the expense is directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, in the following categories:
    • Housing
    • Technology/Course Materials
    • Transportation
    • Healthcare
    • Childcare
    • Other
  • While we understand that lost wages for off-campus work have greatly impacted our student community, loss of employment cannot be considered as an expense. For assistance with lost wages, please file an unemployment claim in Colorado.

Please understand that the funding is very limited and that not all applications will receive HEERF Emergency Grant Assistance. Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate the highest need according to the FAFSA
  • Are enrolled in a residential degree program (highest impact with the transition to remote delivery and temporary campus closure)
  • Do not have other forms of aid available up to the Cost of Attendance (including loans)

 

Naropa Preparedness

Fall Semester 2020: 15 Things for Naropa Students to Know
In preparation for the fall semester of 2020, this update outlines some of the most important details you will want to understand before your arrival on campus. For the safety of our entire community, everyone on campus property will be expected to follow certain steps that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the State of Colorado and Boulder County health officials. These include:
 

1. “CAMPUS CHECK-IN” CAMPUS HEALTH CLEARANCE PROCESS: Students, staff and faculty will be required to complete a daily campus clearance process. This process will be completed by you from a smartphone, tablet or computer, takes less than 2 minutes, and includes taking your own temperature. Anyone not cleared to be on campus will be asked to leave. The process may be accessed via MyNaropa or at www.naropa.edu.

2. IF YOU FEEL ILL: Members of the Naropa community are responsible for the compassionate care of each other as we navigate this global pandemic. As such, all Naropa students and staff are required to comply with local, state and federal recommendations related to mitigation of the COVID-19 virus. Specifically:

Individuals who are sick or are experiencing flu-like symptoms should get tested for COVID-19, and must self-isolate until their symptoms cease or until they have a negative test result. If an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or has developed symptoms of COVID-19, including early or mild symptoms (such as cough and shortness of breath), they should isolate (stay away from others) until they have had no fever for at least seventy-two (72) hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), other symptoms have improved (such as cough or shortness of breath), and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Individuals who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their healthcare provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities.
 
All Naropa community members who are self-isolating due to a possible exposure, are awaiting test results or who have otherwise received a test indicating that they are positive for COVID-19 should immediately report this information to the Naropa COVID-19 Taskforce by sending an email to covid19questions@naropa.edu stating “Possible COVID-19” in the subject line. Community members should indicate:
 
  1. The date that they were last on campus;
  2. The campus location and any buildings they visited;
  3. The name of any course they attended and the faculty of record;
  4. The names of any community members that they were in contact with;
  5. Whether they have taken a COVID-19 test and the test result; and
  6. The date symptoms or a possible exposure occurred.
Naropa’s COVID-19 Taskforce will use the information provided to determine what intervention strategies are required to mitigate the risk of spread of the virus on our campuses. At all times, the name of anyone disclosing information about possible COVID-19 symptoms, positive test results, or possible exposure will remain confidential.
 
All members of the Naropa community are required to follow intervention protocols. Intervention strategies include, but are not limited to:
 
  1. Contacting the person reporting symptoms, positive test result or known exposure for more information;
  2. Contacting peopleidentified as “at risk” due to physical proximity to persons with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and requesting they self-isolate and not be present on campus;
  3. Contacting local and state health departments for guidance;
  4. Implementing quarantine plan for housing students; and/or
  5. Requiring faculty to move classes to online only operations.
All students and staff who are 1) experiencing symptoms of COVID19; 2) have been exposed to COVID19; 3) are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test; or 4) have tested positive for COVID-19 may not be physically present on campus until a negative test result has been received and proof of the same is provided to the Naropa COVID-19 Taskforce.
 
3. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED: Masks or face coverings will be required for everyone, at all times, while in any university space or building - including outside, in common areas, in restrooms, and in classrooms. Anyone found not wearing a mask on campus property will be asked to put one on. Students may remove their masks when in their assigned room in university housing. Given the public health risks associated with this pandemic, any student seeking an exception to the mask wearing requirement must seek reasonable accommodations through the Office of Accessibility.
 
4. ALL STUDENTS WILL NEED: All students will need to have masks/face coverings, a thermometer and a way to access their online courses (i.e. computer, laptop, Wi-Fi). Naropa computer labs will be open throughout the semester. Naropa has avery limited supply of computers for students in need to check-out for the semester. Please contact Seann Goodman at sgoodman@naropa.edu for more information on loaner computers.
 
5. COVID SAFETY REMINDERS: You will see signs posted around campus reminding you of COVID safety protocols, including directions related to building and room capacity, travel direction arrows, and reminders to wear a mask and to stay six feet apart from others.
 
6. PATH OF TRAVEL AND CAPACITY: You will see arrows on the floor indicating the direction of travel by which you will enter and exit each building and room. The flow of traffic is important in maintaining the required physical distance from others. Signs will be placed at entrances to all rooms indicating how many people may be in a room at one time.
 
7. KEEP SIX FEET OF DISTANCE: Each classroom will have desks arranged to ensure six feet of distance. Please do not rearrange classroom furniture. Please be mindful that the use of cushions may not be appropriate in certain spaces due to social distancing needs.
 

8. CUSHION CHECK-OUT: Cushions will not be available for use in individual classrooms.Instead, students may check-out a cushion for their personal use for the fall semester. Information about the check-out process will be announced closer to the start of the semester. Students who wish to purchase their own cushion may do so. Your cushion/s must stay with you throughout the day.

9. CLASS FORMATS: Classes will be in-person, online only, or a hybrid of in-person and online. Please work with your academic advisor if you need any assistance with your class schedule or if you require any exceptions.

10. REDUCED CAPACITY ON CAMPUS: To allow for physical distancing, there will be fewer people on campus each day. Most Naropa staff will be working remotely but will still be available to help students via phone, email, or virtual connections. Faculty office hours will also be held remotely.

11. DAILY CLASSROOM CLEANING: Cleaning and disinfectingprotocols are in place for all of our campus spaceson a daily basis, and also throughout the day.

12. CLEANING YOUR SPACE: For your added safety, students and faculty will be asked to wipe down desks and chairs before and after use with the cleaning supplies found in each classroom.

13. END OF SEMESTER: In order to minimize post-holiday travel exposure and to allow students to return home for the Winter Break, we will offer all courses online for the last two weeks of the semester, from November 30th to December 11th, 2020. There will be no classes the week of November 23rd for the Thanksgiving break, all classes will move to online delivery from November30th, and the residence halls will close (except for those who have year-long leases or for those who have requested and been granted a waiver to stay during break – please contact housing@naropa.edu).

14. LIMITED BUILDING ACCESS: Limited access to buildings, classrooms, office spaces and common areas should be expected.More details about campus hours and access,including information about library access, will be shared prior to the start of the semester.

15. STUDENT GROUPS AND GATHERINGS: Student Groups are encouraged to meet via online platforms or outdoors as much as possible. For the fall semester, any student group activities taking place on campus must have the prior approval of the COVID-19 Taskforce and must practice social distancing, cannot share food, and all participants must wear face coverings at all times. Currently, no more than 10 students at a time may gather outdoors, while maintaining six foot distancing and wearing masks; and all gatherings inside must strictly adhere to the stated room occupancy and distancing and mask requirements.

For More Information please visit www.naropa.edu/coronavirus. Send questions to the COVID-19 Taskforce at covid19questions@naropa.edu. In addition, please review the Student COVID-19 Covenant in the 2020-2021 Student Handbook, which will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

Care Team Support for Students of Concern (SOC)

Naropa University is committed to the health, safety, and success of each of our students. We prioritize this commitment through our Care team, which supports Students of Concern (SOC). The Care Team serves as a dispatch and case management team for students who are going through a difficult time due to various life circumstances including but not limited to, their academic progress and behavior, overall wellbeing, basic needs, and conflict resolution. If you know of a student who falls into this criteria please complete a Care team referral for the Student of Concern through My.Naropa.com (instructions below). 

The Care team is not a first responder team. Please call 911 in the case of an emergency,  then campus Security & Safety 720-309-8211, then put in a Student of Concern alert.

Please note, the Care team follow-up strategies, outreaches, and outcomes are confidential and generally will not be shared, except on a need-to-known-basis. Student information and their educational records are protected under the FERPA. Thank you for understanding, and supporting our students.

How to Submit an alert:

  • Go to My.Naropa.edu and log-in with your employee credentials.
  • Scroll to the "Quick Links" section. This is on the left-hand side of the page if you are viewing from a web browser.
  • If you are on a mobile device, continue to scroll down until you see "Quick Link. 
  • "Click "Report a Student Concern," which has a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in it near these words. 
  • Follow the prompts to fill out the form and then "Submit." 
  • Note: Submissions are limited to 400 words

If you have questions about the Care team, please direct them to Amanda Aguilera, aaguilera@naropa.edu.

 

*The Naropa Student Counseling Center is providing sessions via Tele Mental Health to continue to provide therapy throughout the pandemic. At this time, Tele Mental Health can only be offered to folks who are located in Colorado. If you are outside of Colorado, email studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu to receive support on connecting with affordable care in your area. We have temporarily suspended walk-in and crisis support on campus for public health reasons. Any student who needs crisis support during this time can access it by calling MHP at 303.447.1665 or walking into 3180 Airport Rd Boulder, CO.

Student Resources SilverCloud (self-guided online behavioral health module for all students TAO is offering some of their online resources for free during the pandemic: https://www.taoconnect.org/english-exercises/

Title IX and Anti-Discrimination Commitment

Naropa University’s mission embraces inclusivity, personal integrity, civility and mutual respect as we aim to foster a more just and equitable society and an expanded awareness. Our mission thus commits us to provide an educational and professional setting that promotes and delivers an environment free of sexual discrimination, including sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Such acts violate an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity and have a damaging, long-term effect on victims. Naropa University considers discrimination, sexual misconduct and relationship violence to be serious offenses, and such behavior will not be tolerated in our community.

In accordance with this commitment, the University does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or gender identity/expression in its educational programs and activities; and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or University activities, regardless of whom is the perpetrator.  Sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual exploitation are forms of gender discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

This commitment is unwavering, even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will proceed with prompt and equitable sexual misconduct intakes, informal resolutions, investigations (all as applicable to the policy) during this period of remote learning. We live this commitment through:

  • Virtual and phone intakes, reports, and consultation regarding Title IX concerns.
  • Virtual and phone intervention practices including conflict resolution, no-contact directives, academic accommodations related to Title IX incidents, and other interim measures as appropriate.
  • Virtual and phone case management and case resolution including restorative practices and formal administrative adjudication applied as applicable. In any situation where a timeline change to case resolution is necessary, we commit to prompt and clear communication of those delays and an explanation of their necessity.
  • Limited counseling sessions for those involved in a Title IX case, followed by referrals to external providers for on-going care.

For more information on Naropa’s policy, definitions, confidential resources, examples of prohibited conduct and reporting, please visit www.naropa.edu/gender-equity.

Any questions that you may have related to your rights under Title IX may be directed to Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, Naropa’s Title IX Coordinator, at ssilvas@naropa.edu.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to make Naropa University a safe and welcoming place for our community to learn, live and work.

Mental Health and Coping During Covid-19

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The emotional impact of an emergency on a person can depend on the person’s characteristics and experiences, the social and economic circumstances of the person and their community, and the availability of local resources. People can become more distressed if they see repeated images or hear repeated reports about the outbreak in the media.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • People who have preexisting mental health conditions including problems with substance use
  • Children
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.

Call your healthcare provider if stress reactions interfere with your daily activities for several days in a row.  People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms.

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Share the facts about COVID-19 and the actual risk to others. People who have returned from areas of ongoing spread more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not put others at risk.

What are quarantine and social distancing?

  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • Social distancing means remaining out of places where people meet or gather, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, rideshare), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

Sharing accurate information can help calm fears in others and allow you to connect with them.

Learn more about taking care of your emotional health or other related topics at the CDC page:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html#supporting-yourself

Student Counseling Center

The Naropa Student Counseling Center has switched to Tele Mental Health to continue to provide therapy throughout the pandemic. We invite students to engage with us when they find themselves struggling and needing extra support during this time.  If you are a student interested in receiving services, please email us at: studentcounselingcen@naropa.edu.

Our counselors are poised to help support, especially those students in our community who are experiencing significant distress due to existing mental health conditions and/or experiencing financial, economic, or life hardships due to Covid-19.  Due to state laws, we are unable to provide counseling to students who are not currently residing in Colorado.  We will respond to all inquiries, so feel free to reach out.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Naropa is committed to doing what we can to mitigate the risk of transmission of this virus.  While all of our buildings are routinely cleaned, we have instituted additional cleaning protocols per CDC guidelines to wipe down surfaces with disinfectant cleaners on a daily basis.  Additionally, cleaning supplies will be placed in classrooms, meeting rooms, common areas and the libraries for use by everyone throughout the day.  Faculty and staff are asked to help by transferring their individual waste basket trash to the common area trash collection areas and to utilize the cleaning supplies to wipe down their individual desks and equipment.

Students living in the residence halls should take necessary steps to clean and disinfect their living spaces.

CARES/HEERF Funds for Students

As part of the CARES Act, Naropa University will receive federal funding to help provide Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Grants to eligible students. The emergency grants are intended to help offset expenses that students incurred directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (Housing, Technology/Course Materials, Transportation, Healthcare, Childcare).

Please review the below information to determine your eligibility and how to apply.

HEERF Emergency Grant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Only available for US citizens and eligible non-citizens, who are otherwise eligible to receive Federal Student Aid (Title IV).
  • To be considered, a student must be currently enrolled at least half time in a degree seeking program.
  • If a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has not been previously submitted, one will need to be completed prior to consideration.
  • Must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If needed, the financial aid office will request documentation of these expenses. If documentation is requested and not provided promptly, the application will be disqualified from consideration. 

How to Apply:

  • Click here to access the HEERF Emergency Grant Request Application. The application can also be located on the “Financial Aid and Tuition” page of Classic MyNaropa.
  • Applications will be accepted electronically.
  • With the application, you will be asked to list a dollar amount of the expense(s) incurred and a brief explanation of how the expense is directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, in the following categories:
    • Housing
    • Technology/Course Materials
    • Transportation
    • Healthcare
    • Childcare
    • Other
  • While we understand that lost wages for off-campus work have greatly impacted our student community, loss of employment cannot be considered as an expense. For assistance with lost wages, please file an unemployment claim in Colorado.

 Please understand that the funding is very limited and that not all applications will receive HEERF Emergency Grant Assistance. Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate the highest need according to the FAFSA
  • Are enrolled in a residential degree program (highest impact with the transition to remote delivery and temporary campus closure)
  • Do not have other forms of aid available up to the Cost of Attendance (including loans)

 

University Contemplative Messages

Community Message

Dear Naropa Community,

I am very aware that the speed we are facing moment by moment can be challenging and requires a measure of patience, compassion for ourselves and others around us, and a good dose of humor.  I appreciate all the efforts arising from our community, and thank you all for that.

Here are some wise words from Regina Smith, our Executive Director of Mission Integration and Student Services. 

As our community continues to be impacted by the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19, I am struck by the precious resource of our practice to support us.  As Zenju Earthlyn Manuel recently offered, COVID-19 can serve as a reminder that we are truly and deeply interconnected and inseparable. How can we take this moment to deepen our alignment with that truth?

This is an opportunity to remember there is so much more to life than our individual needs and wants, and we can practice compassion for self and others from a spacious sense of courage.

A first step in practicing is to first and continually acknowledge what we are feeling - fear, anxiety, panic, protectiveness - and to recognize emotion as energy that arises and falls.  Befriend your emotions, welcome them, and then let them go, moment by moment.

Go slow.  Be kind.  Go the extra mile to support the more vulnerable members of our community. Ask for the help you need.

We can be fearless - not in a way that overrides fear - but in a way that meets fear with a deep belief in the wisdom and resilience of this community.

Warm Wishes,

Chuck Lief

President

Morning Meditation Practice Recordings

 

Coronavirus Health Information

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19. Please check for additional information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a face covering when in public.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially if they are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have any questions or health concerns.

Additional Information

There is information from the CDC posted around campus and in both Snow Lion and 2333. In addition, the following resources are also helpful: